238 INDIA OF MY DREAMS
for man to exercise self-restraint. I hold that the right
education in this country is to teach woman the art
of saying no even to her husband, to teach her that it
is no part of her duty to become a mere tool or a doll
in her husband's hands. She has rights as well as duties.
. . . The first thing is to free her from mental slavery,
to teach her sacredness of her body, and to teach her
dignity of national service and the service of humanity.
It is not fair to assume that India's women are beyond
redemption, and that they have therefore to be simply
taught the use of contraceptives for the sake of preventing
births and preserving such health as they may be in
Let not the sisters who are rightly indignant over
the miseries of women who are called upon to bear
children, whether they will or no, be impatient. Not even
the propaganda in favour of contraceptives is going to
promote the desired end overnight. Every method is a
matter of education. My plea is for the right type.
I consider it inhuman to impose sterilization law
on the people. But in cases of individuals with chronic
diseases, it is desirable to have them sterilized if they
are agreeable to it. Sterilization is a sort of contraceptive
and though I am against the use of contraceptives in
case of women, I do not mind voluntary. sterilization
in case of man since he is the aggressor.
Amrit Bazar Patrika, 12-l-'35
Bogey of Over-population
If it is contended that birth-control is necessary
for the nation because of over-population, I dispute